According to sources, two Chinese security guards have been accused of violently assaulting two South Korean photojournalists who were in Beijing to cover the visit of the South Korean President.
The incident occurred at the South Korea-China Economic and Trade Partnership trade show where the two journalists were trying to capture closer shots of the President Moon Jae-in. The assault was captured on camera.
A group of media persons complained that the excessive way in which the security guards were protecting the president hindered them from capturing any shots. Shortly after that, the Chinese guards started pushing and punching the journalists who had fallen to the ground. In the 56 seconds video which was shared on the internet by ABC news, journalists capturing the incident can be heard in the background urging the two security guards to stop kicking the photojournalists.
After the incident, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha wrote a formal complaint to the Chinese foreign ministry. “Although it was organized by South Korea, [the incident] took place in China, so we are paying it major attention,” Chinese Foreign Ministry said on the development. The Chinese Foreign Ministry also said that South Korea, who was the host of the event, had called for the security guards to be present at the event.
South Korean president Moon Jae-in was attending the event in a bid to boost trade relations between the two countries. Civic organisations in South Korea are calling for an investigation into the incident where they alleged that the use of excessive force on the two journalists was completely unnecessary.
On the other side, the excessive action of the security guards could be in relation to how North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s brother Kim Jong-nam was sensationally assassinated at the Kuala Lumpur Airport in Malaysia.